ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to burry ‘negative politics’ as it would be destructive for the whole nation.

Addressing the federal cabinet meeting here, Sharif said the politics of sit-ins would ruin the future of Imran Khan and his party.

His comments came as Imran Khan led a ‘thanksgiving day’ in Islamabad a day after calling off the ‘Islamabad lockdown’ plan.

The Supreme Court earlier began hearing the Panama leaks case and offered to form a commission to investigate revelations that Sharif’s children had offshore accounts.

The ruling was applauded by Imran Khan who held a news conference at his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. “I am so happy that the Supreme Court has decided it will begin probing Nawaz Sharif,” he said. He added his supporters would hold a rally thanking the Supreme Court for its decision.

A cabinet member said Prime Minister Sharif was all-praise for Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for his efforts to curb deadlock with PTI and resolve the issue over November 2 protest.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan thanked the premier and said that his actions reflected the policy of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and directives of Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif said the people had rejected the politics of sit-ins and lockdowns which were detrimental to the country’s progress.

The premier said had there been no sit-ins, the economy would have progressed at even faster pace. “Imran Khan has yet to apologise to the nation over 126-day-long sit-in in 2014),” he added.

Nawaz Sharif said the people had rejected politics revolving around sit-ins and lauded the ruling party’s effective policies. He said the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund termed sit-ins and unnecessary demonstrations damaging for the country’s development.

Prime Minister Sharif said it was a matter of satisfaction for him that the issue of Panama Papers would be resolved in the Supreme Court. “I have been striving continuously for this and had already requested the Supreme Court to constitute a commission,” the premier said.

“A law was framed and a parliamentary committee was also constituted, but all our efforts remained unsuccessful. The objective of the agitators was to raise this issue on the streets alone. This issue has now come before the Supreme Court where it would be decided in accordance with the constitution and law,” he added.

In a clear reference to the PTI chief, he said: “Those who are now offering thanks should have been thankful much earlier.”

Prime Minister Sharif said: “Our stance is very much clear from the day one on the Panamagate commission.”

The prime minister said it was for the first time that the country had successfully completed macro-economic reforms programme. He expressed satisfaction over the economic performance of the country during the last three years. He said this performance had also been recognised by the world financial institutions.

He said Pakistan would have to work day and night to improve the economic conditions of the people and address their problems.

Nawaz Sharif said he had personally prayed to the court to form a commission on the issue.

For this purpose, a law was drafted and a parliamentary committee was also constituted, but these efforts could not bear fruits due to non-cooperation of the opposition.

The premier said he was ready to face accountability, but those accusing him of committing corruption should also be held accountable.

The cabinet deferred decisions on return of the Afghan refugees and matters relating to National Maritime Policy, 2015, for a broader consensus.

It, however, approved inter-governmental framework agreements for Sukkur-Multan section of Peshawar-Karachi Motorway and Havelian-Thakt section of Karakoram Highway.

It also cleared establishment of electronic data exchange under Pakistan-China free trade, understandings for cooperation between ministries of food of Pakistan and Belarus, understandings for cooperation for training of workforce between Pakistan and Oman and human development between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

It endorsed Paris Agreement about climate change and the signing of regulations for defence cooperation between Pakistan and Czech Republic.

The federal cabinet constituted a committee, headed by Defence Production Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain, to investigate explosion at Gadani ship-breaking yard.

The meeting also prayed for the departed souls of Quetta police training tragedy victims and loss of lives in Gadani ship-breaking yard incident.